Cecily Brown

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Cecily Brown
© Cecily Brown / Courtesy de Gagosian Gallery / Photo : Robert McKeever
Cecily Brown, 'The Girl and Goat', 2013-2014

Cecily Brown burst onto the scene in the late ’90s with a string of bold, visceral canvases composed of chaotic colours and sensual shapes. Sex is the essence of her work: human bodies are her building blocks, and a fleshy beige dominates her palette à la Francis Bacon. Yet the New York-based Brit never gives away too much – to look at one of her paintings is not to see anything explicit, but rather to glimpse insinuated forms and semi-abstract patterns in a morass of hues. The keen-eyed culture vulture will spot references to everyone from James Ensor to Georgia O'Keeffe; others will simply be struck down by the anarchic force of her oeuvre. This is her first show in France. Don't miss it for the world.

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